Unhappy with his playing time at Chelsea, firmly behind Gonzalo Higuain in the pecking order under Maurizio Sarri, Olivier Giroud has been openly flirting with a move back to France.

Confirming he would be interested in a move to Lyon should it present itself, the striker, close to the end of his career, knows first-team football is important at this stage.

What helps in all this is the Ligue 1 club’s desire to bring Giroud to their club, as Jean-Michel Aulas has openly stated his admiration for the France international a number of times in the past.

Le Parisien take a look at the situation on Wednesday, explaining any transfer taking the forward to the south of France would cost Lyon somewhere between €10-15m, described as a ‘modest sum’.

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Furthermore, the French newspaper reveal that Aulas has already met up with Giroud to ‘explain his project to him’.

However, despite his lack of game time, the 32-year-old ‘will not take a decision without knowing the future of Maurizio Sarri’ at Stamford Bridge.

Seeing as nothing will happen until the end of the season, he might as well see if someone else will come in, because if the Italian manager goes, Higuain won’t be far behind.